MADISON — Despite rainy weather, the West Virginia Coal Festival wrapped up with a great concert by country music star Andy Griggs.
Griggs was the headline act on Saturday for the festival and sang all his hit songs, including his new single, “Can I Get An Amen” and his big hit song “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely.”
The final day of the five day festival also include a grand parade through Madison, a celebration of West Virginia Day, a pet contest, as well as concerts from the Boone County Idol finalist and the Marshall Lowry Band.
A grand fireworks display concluded the 22nd annual event.
Official with the West Virginia Coal Festival also told those in attendance that rumors of this being the last year of the festival were not true.
“We will be around for years to come,” said West Virginia Coal Festival board member Joy Underwood.
Underwood thanked the crowd for a large turnout despite rain nearly every single day of this year’s event.
The Coal Museum was also open daily and hundreds visited the exhibits to learn about Boone County’s coal history and heritage.
“We did not let the weather bring us down or stop us from having the great event for the miners and great citizens of West Virginia and those that come for all over the country and the world to particiapte in our history and heritage,” he said.